Vanity Fair spoke with Nicole who shared her rules for fashion and dressing for the red carpet.
“I want to be able to dance. That’s an important rule for a dress—to be able to dance. At least wiggle!”
Fresh off from debuting four highly anticipated new film and television projects at the Cannes Film Festival and ruling the red carpet with her impeccable fashion, Nicole Kidman is kicking off the summer season with some fun. The Oscar-winning actress attended the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on Saturday afternoon at Liberty State Park to celebrate the highly popular sporting event’s 10th anniversary.
Vanity Fair caught up with Kidman at the chic polo match for a conversation about her fashion rules, the secrets to her prolific career, and what’s on her bucket list—it involves conquering Machu Picchu.
You were the belle of the ball at the Cannes Film Festival two weeks ago. How did you handle all the numerous outfit changes?
I had the best time at Cannes. I went to Australia and I’ve been in England after Cannes and as much as people talk about the films, they really want to talk about the dresses. I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’ Fashion has such a power. I’ve always loved fashion. I love embracing it and it’s rare that you get to really dress up. Trust me, I don’t dress up at home. So when there’s a chance to dress up like at Cannes, I embrace it. I love doing it and it’s fun. I also love the designers. I love that they care so much. When the Calvin Klein dress arrived, the skirt was just exquisite. I mean our jaws dropped. And then you look at the Armani dress—the beading and the couture, it’s just beautiful. It’s a work of art. All of that is hand done.
Do you have any rules or criteria when choosing a red carpet dress?
Absolutely. The only one that I consider is to feel relaxed. Even in something like the Raf dress, I was relaxed. I sat next to my director with huge amounts of the dress cascading over him. It was funny. I also want to be able to dance. That’s an important rule for a dress—to be able to dance. At least wiggle!
Your career is on a hot streak. What’s been the key to your success?
It’s a roller coaster—so as the long as the passion is there, that helps. I have the passion still. I still love what I do and that’s really important. I love being on a set, working with actors, working with a director who is strong in their vision—that still is so gratifying to me. All of the rest, you never know how things are going to turn out, but I still have the passion. That’s the simplest way to put it. A lot of times you also have to be willing to fall over and get back up and take chances. I try to still live my life in that way of taking chances and not playing safe. I’m always trying to go where I have not been. But I’m up for fun.
On June 20, you are celebrating your 50th birthday. What is something you know now that you wish you knew before?
It’s not so much what I wish I knew before, but the idea of just embracing things and being happy. My grandmother was good to me before she passed away and she told me, “Be happy Nicki. Pass that on.” I mean it’s the easiest words to say and yet to actually embrace it, it’s hard which is why in Cannes I was determined to have fun and be happy. Through my work I get to be creative and express all the different emotions and that makes me happy, but in my life, particularly with children, you just want to put joy into their lives. So that’s what I emphasize to myself now more than before, to provide love and happiness. When you can choose to love, always choose the love.
What is something you would like to achieve next?
I want to start hiking in different places around the world with my husband and our kids. We have kids just big enough, but they complain. We are like, “We are going on a walk for two hours” and they are like, ‘Ughh.’ I would really like to get them hiking out into different parts of the world now like Machu Picchu. I want to do some of that on foot. I love the idea of backpacking and walking and talking as a family. That’s my goal!